Capped a frustrating week of poker today. Played four days this week. Felt like I played well given the cards I drew. I had hardly any decent hands and just couldn't hit a hand. For instance, I had pocket 44 four times the past two days, each time facing a preflop raise to $10 or more. Twice, the raise got 5 or 6 callers and I set mined and failed. The other two times, the raise drew only a call or two, and I folded. And, of course, both times the four hit the flop.
Today was more of the same. Dragged two decent pots, both with a whiffed AK. Both times, my $10 to $12 preflop raise drew 5 to 7 callers. Both times I was in position. Both times, it checked around and I fired a $35 C-bet and took down the pot. That was as good as it got for me.
Today, I had two straight flush draws. Yes, two. I chased both and missed both. I also had the nut flush draw twice and called flop bets on both before giving up to healthy turn bets.
Then, I finally got lucky and caught my draw . . . I was in the car headed home three minutes later. Here's the hand:
Sitting on $190, in the cutoff, with KQ diamonds. It limps 4 ways to me, and I raise to $12. Two callers. Flop comes down J(d) 4(d) A(c).
UTG leads for $20 and middle position calls $20. I call on the diamond draw.
Turn is a beautiful Jack of diamonds. Check, check . . . I cut out $65 and push across the line.
UTG folds. Middle position tanks . . . He's a solid regular..... He raises $100 on top. There's about $250 in the pot. I have just less than $100 left.
Is this EVER NOT the nut flush? Is this ever a semi bluff with top pair, nut flush draw?
Well, it didn't really matter. After four sessions of missed flops and draws, the hook was solidly lodged in my jaw . . . this fish snap called... Regular kindly flashes me his nutz (please, behave . . .). I'm done for the week.
Very frustrating. 15 hours of solid, relatively mistake-free grinding this week, and it's all gone in one hand . . . one bad decision.
I hate poker. Again.